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    September 11, 2012
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caught dead with those glasses on. >> shame-based glasses. on behalf of everyone but ryan seacrest on behalf of all of us with frames as big as our dreams wolf, welcome and enjoy the view. >> "early start" begins now. striking teachers face off against mayor rahm emanuel for the second day now leaving 350,000 kids sitting at home again instead of going to school. america remembers 9/11. a live look at the world trade center site. 11 years later. a victory for some of the heros who still suffer to this day. and real-life drama at the wwe. a legendary wrestler turned announcer collapses on live television. good morning and welcome to "early start." john berman will be around in
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about two hours. he's anchoring "starting point." i'm zoraida sambolin. still no deal for 30,000 chicago teachers on strike. >> we are the union the mighty mighty union. >> they are fighting for what they call a fair contract. negotiations with public school officials now entering a second day, 350,000 students have an unscheduled day off leaving parents scrambling for plan "b." casey wian is at manuel perez jr. elementary school. any progress overnight? >> well zoraida, depends on who you listen to. according to school board president david vitaly he said the two sides are close enough to get this issue resolved. however, the teachers' union says it's up to the school board to break this impasse.
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for now both sides seem unwilling to budge. >> they're doing very important work and it's very tough work. and it has to be appreciated and respected. that's what we do. but there are some core things where we have made i think, what is in my view, an honorable compromise and a win/win swaying as they themselves said. it's not financial anymore. you're down to the two issues. >> we're working at this. this is hard work. and it's taking them, it appears to be more time than we think it should. >> those two core issues that the mayor talked about, issue of teacher evaluations and the procedure for recalling laid off teachers and who should control that, those two issues weren't even discussed last night at the bargaining table. that is not a hopeful sign. negotiations according to the union, though are scheduled to resume at 9:30 local time this morning, zoraida. >> i was reading in "the chicago
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sun-times" a lot of the parents are honking in support of the teachers picketing yesterday. it begs the question what are they supposed to do with their kids? a lot of them are taking their vacation time and sick time. what's the contingencey plan? >> it will be interesting to see how long that parental support continues. we heard that yesterday as well. i'm at one of the schools that the city has set up to allow parents to drop their children off temporily four hours at a time if they don't have other child care arrangements. the reports are those facilities were lightly used during the day yesterday. part of the reason for that is that the teachers at that school -- those schools were walking the picket lines and a lot of parents didn't want to have their children cross those lines. we'll have to see how that develops today. right now, a lot of parents struggling to find alternative arrangements. here's what a couple of them told us. >> come on now, our kids shouldn't have to suffer for that.
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our kids need the education. it's bad enough they don't get the education they need because of the conditions. we suffer through poverty, gang battles, everything and our kids have to be out of school? that's the only safe haven they have right now. >> my kids are at home missing out on their education. this and fun for nobody. >> the one mother who spoke about gang violence that's something we heard a lot from parents. concerned about children roaming the streets with no place to go given the fact that chicago's murder rat up more than 30% over last year. big concern and one issue that parents are struggling with, zoraida. >> legitimate concern indeed. casey wian, live for us in chicago. thank you very much. this morning, america remembers the lives lost on september 11th 2001, 11 years have passed since that terror attack that changed this country forever. at ground zero family members
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will participate in the traditional reading of the names. the ceremony begins at 8:39 eastern. and will be marked by six moments of silence, two the athe times the planes struck the twin towers and two each tower fell and two to mark the exact momentses of flight 93 and the pentagon. the president and first lady will observe a moment of silence before arriving at the pentagon at 9:20 eastern. there will be a ceremony to honor the lives lost there and vice president biden will speak at a ceremony at the flight 93 memorial at 10:00 a.m. eastern in shanksville, pennsylvania. leon panetta toured that site where the heroic passengers and crew members took down the plane. >> they successfully prevented an attack on the united states capitol. i am particularly thankful to them. because on that fateful day i
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was at the u.s. capitol. their example continued to inspire and to strengthen our nation. >> also today, republican presidential candidate mitt romney will address the national guard association convention in reno, nevada. a dispute that has stalled construction of the 9/11 museum at gingrich. it appears to be settled down. last night a deal was struck between new york governor andrew cuomo, new york mayor michael bloomberg and chris christie. no date has been set for the opening. coming up in five minutes, we talk about new developments in the fight to get compensation for the first responders who developed illnesses after their work at ground zero. al qaeda and yemen suffers a major blow as yemen's military kills a top saudi member.
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local officials say he was killed by a u.s. drone strike on a car in which he and other militants were traveling. president barack obama is now in the lead over republican mitt romney in a bran new cnn/orc poll. likely voters give the president a six-point lead, 52% to 46%. last week they were deadlocked at 48%. in a wider sampling of all registered voters a "washington post"/abc news poll has mr. obama ahead of mr. romney 50% to 44%. a scary moment during wwe's monday night raw that was a bill too real here. legendary wrestler jerry "the king" lawler collapsed during last night's live broadcast. the co-host broke the news to fans with an empty chair next to him. >> i want to preface this by saying that this is not part of tonight's entertainment. this is a real-life situation.
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my broadcast colleague jerry "the king" lawler earlier on tonight collapsed midmatch while on commentary. he was -- he fell out of his chair to the floor below. doctors were here immediately. emergency personnel would stretcher him out of the arena where he received cpr. >> lawler was rushed to the hospital. a statement on the wwe's website says he suffered a heart attack. actress angelina jolie on a mission in the middle east in her role as a united nations special envoy, she met with refugees at a ten city inordan today. u.n. officials say the refugee camp is home to some 27,000 people who have been displaced from their homes by the 18-month syrian conflict. history at the u.s. tennis tournament the u.s. open andy murray becoming the first british player to win a grand slam men's title in 76 years.
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murray defeated the defending champ, novak djokovic in a thriller that lasted nearly five hours. he lost his four previous grand slam finals, including this year's wimbledon to roger federer. the last brit to do it fred perry in 1936. >> brits at wimbledon were so disappointed, now they get it back. nine minutes after the hour. changing gears now, they're the first responders who toiled in rubble at ground zero. they waited for more than a decade for help as they battled the cancers caused by the toxic fumes. finally a breakthrough. the story, coming up. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] at&t. the nation's largest 4g
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9/11, 2001. 50 different types of cancer being added to the list of world trade center related diseases that will now be covered by the federal government under the 9/11 zadroga act. that's welcome news for hundreds of first responders whose heroic actions 11 years ago left them sick and bankrupt. here's athena jones. >> i could see smoke coming from the tower. >> reporter: ernie rushed to the world trade center site on september 11th 2001 to help with rescue and recovery efforts. >> there was a lot of confusion a lot of smoke. you couldn't see. when you were trying to walk through the smoke to search for survivors, you could barely see your hand in front of you. >> reporter: then a new york city police detective be we he spent six months at the site. a few years later he was diagnosed with cancer. >> 2004 is when i was diagnosed with nonhodgkin's lymphoma. >> reporter: he to use his retirement savings to pay bills
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his insurance didn't cover and is hoping to recover some of that money. >> it's been something they've been talking about for ten years now. >> reporter: valabona and others are still waiting for compensation from the government. payments to some should begin in the next couple of months under a law president obama signed in january of 2011. the zadroga act named after new york police detective james zadroga who died of a respiratory illness after working at the world trade center site. it sets aside some $2.8 billion to cover their claims. this attorney represents valabona and 4,000 other first responders who became ill. >> this program is in a real sense a life line that is going to help people put their lives back together. after they stepped up and did things that nobody else was willing to do. >> reporter: for those just now getting sick he hopes the fund
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will ultimately send this message. >> just fight your cancer man. don't worry about money. don't worry about co-payments or medications. we got your back. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. >> dr. benk lynnjamin luft will be joining us next hour. you know what's interesting, those days right after 9/11 you know, to call it smoke, people call it the smoke that people were breathing. it was more like soup. it was so thick. it didn't smell like smoke. >> it was disintegrated everything. >> it was office chairs walls, concrete, asbestos. we'll talk to dr. benjamin luft about what was in that air. no deal yet for 30,000 chicago teachers on strike. >> the union marches on. >> that's chicago public school teachers. negotiations with public school
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officials now entering a second day. mayor rahm emanuel say teachers are making the wrong choice to strike. with 350,000 students paying the ultimate price. emanuel says there with two unresolved issues, teacher evaluations and a policy that would put laid off teachers in line for new jobs. >> republican vice president nominee paul ryan siding with mayor emanuel when it comes to the teachers strike. he called the strike unnecessary and wrong. he's calling on president obama to stand behind emanuel who worked as his chief of staff. a white house spokesman saying president obama's mann concern is for students and families affect by this strike. >> becoming a political issue. >> yes. >> both romney and obama camps have agreed to pull all negative ads today in honor of september 11th. the gop will be in reno nevada, addressing the national guardsmen. president obama and the first lady will observe a moment of silence at the white house this morning. then they'll head to the pentagon for a wreath laying ceremony there.
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north korea agreed to accept relief aid from south korea. the north koreans are reeling from a tropical cyclone that hit last month, killing dozens, leaving 21,000 people homeless. that storm followed devastating floods in july that killed at least 169 people. the u.n. called for emergency help for north korea and the south korea offer was accepted even though these two countries are legally at war. repelling don't ask don't tell has not harmed the u.s. military one year in now. a study by the palm center found the new policy has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unity, recruitment, retention or morale. the study was co-authored by u.s. military professors. >> britain's prince william and bride kate middleton are beginning a nine-day tour of asia with a visit to singapore today. they're visiting four country as part of the world tour celebrating queen elizabeth's diamond jubilee. kate is reportedly taking more
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than 30 outfits with her. another day at the office for kate. it is 17 minutes past the hour. we're getting an early read on your local news making national headlines. trenton, new jersey mayor, tony mack facing corruption charges after being caught up in a federal sting operation. mayor mack was arrested yesterday along with his brother and a business associate. federal prosecutors say the men accepted approximately 11 $,000 in bribes as part of a scheme to sell city-owned land to investors for less than the assessed value. from the pittsburgh post-gazette, there's a separation of church and state debate raging in southwestern pennsylvania. a controversial five-foot marble slab of the ten commandments sits covered up by plywood outside the connellsville junior high school. it's been displayed there since 1957 but recent complaints prompted school officials to hide the ten commandments from
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view. not sitting too well with the nearby connellsville church of god. they're offering to display the monument on their property where it can be seen from the juan yore high school. the school board votes to tomorrow on the church's offer. >> for an expanded look at our top stories, head 0 our blog cnn.com/earlystart. coming up, the keanes and your money. a closer look at what the obama and romney tax plans would do to your bottom line. >> looking forward to that. increase in clinical depression. drug and alcohol abuse is up. and those dealing with grief don't have access to the professional help they need. when you see these issues, do you want to walk away or step up? with a degree in the field of counseling or psychology from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others. let's get started at capella.edu ♪ ♪
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we are minding your business this morning. we have the million dollar question. what would happen to your money under mitt romney and president obama's tax plans? what do you have for us. >> there's nothing more exciting and complicated than taxes. it's important. in short, president obama wants to tax the rich more. mitt romney wants to cut income taxes for everyone but hasn't revealed almost any details about how he plans to pay for those cuts. >> i'm not proposing anything radical here. i believe anybody making over $250,000 a year should go back to the income tax rates we were paying under bill clinton. >> i will not raise taxes on the american people. i will not raise taxes on middle-income americans. we'll make sure that americans have the money to pay their bills. >> all right. here's what we do know. what would happen to income
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taxes. romney wants to cut income taxes by 20% for every single income level. obama wants to split up the higher tax brackets and tax the rich more. the big question is what would happen to some big deducks like carried interest the child tax credit, the mortgage interest deduction? we just don't know what romney has planned for those an they're very important to the middle class. when it comes to investments, the difference in the plans comes, again with taxes on the rich. high income earners making $200,000 a year or more. capital gains and dividends ss are currently taxed at 15%. we still don't know how all this will be paid for. romney's running mate paul ryan addressed this over the weekend. >> the question is not necessarily what loopholes go but who gets them. high-income earners use most of the loopholes. they can shelter their income from taxation.
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but if you take those loopholes, the tax shelters away from high income earners, more of their income is subject to taxation and that allows to us lower tax rates on everybody. small businesses, families, economic growth. >> but again no more details about which loopholes would be closed or for exactly what income level. we wanteded to do a comparison of what would happen to the median income family making $50,000 a year but we can't do it given the information available for romney's plan for taxes. we can't tell you exactly. we don't know which loopholes would go. we asked the romney campaign if they've done an analysis as what would happen to the average family. they said they had not done that. i wanted to make an avatar. the official we spoke to who is involved in setting economic policy but did not want to be named says anyone who says romney wants to get rid of the child tax credit is incorrect. this official did not explain what romney would do with that
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or any other tax credits. >> when will we know? >> i suspect the debates. what happens to the average family, their tax bill under presidenta president romney. >> why are they answering that question now. >> they will say the tax rate will go down 20%. >> the details. >> the details on how to pay for it, that's what we're looking for. people campaign one way and govern another way. >> that is also true. >> we also know there's a lot of talk about comprehensive tax reform. could be candidates don't want to get tied into one thing when next year if there's tax reform they could have to have a different position. >> thank you for attempting right. >> you're welcome. >> we appreciate that. battle over body art goes all the way to arizona's highest court. coming up, the ruling on tattoos and free speech. touches your lips. the delightful discovery the mid-sweetening realization
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day two of the chicago's teacher strike. still no deal and another day off for 350,000 children. >> a dramatic new look at the sikh temple shootings a police dashboard camera captures the chaotic moments at that scene. new information about a cyberattack that left millions of iphone and ipad i.d.s exposed. it turns out fbi computers were not the source of that breach. welcome back to "early start." we're happy you're with us this morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans in for john berman who's in for soledad. 30 minutes past the hour right now. no deal yet for 30,000 chicago teachers on strike.
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>> we are the union, the mighty mighty union. >> they're fighting for what they call a fair contract. negotiations with public school officials entering a second day. 50 350,000 students have an unscheduled day off leaving parents scrambling for a plan "b." casey wian is in chicago. any signs of solid progress at least. >> the good news christine, both sides were talking up until about 9:30 or so local time last night and they're expected to resume negotiations this morning. there are two main issues though that were not discussed late last night. and those two issues are the first one is how are laid off teachers recalled? and who controls that, whether it's union influence or whether it is local school principals. that's actually an issue that teachers are not legally allowed to strike over but it remains a point of contention in these
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negotiations. the other bigger issue is the teacher evaluation program that is about to be implemented. the teachers union says it relies much too heavily on standardized test scores and it could cost 6,000 teachers their jobs over the next year or two. the school district says that's not true. they don't believe those numbers. but here's why the teachers union says this new evaluation program is unfair. >> the children go into school with different learning capacities different levels of educational preparedness. i work at a magnet school. of course, if they decided they were going to give merit pay they might give me a tremendous increase but my colleagues who work at schools with tremendous socioeconomic conditions, those people might be considered
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failures. they have been considered failures. >> much of the anger has been on chicago mayor rahm emanuel who has so far not been directly involved in these negotiations. it is no secret that mayor emanuel and teachers union president karen lewis do not get along very well. still, the mayor is trying to distance himself from this controversy or at least him being the focus of the union's anger. here's what he had to say about that. >> the focus i wt is on them. i want it on our kids. i'm not looking for another -- i left challenges. i wasn't looking for a challenge but i'm not going to allow another generation to go on the shortest school day and the shortest school year. >> that's one of the things the mayor has implemented, is a longer school year. these negotiations are expected to begin at 9:30 -- to resume, i should say, 9:30 a.m. local time this morning.
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both sides still saying a deal is within reach but no deal yet. >> a couple things about the sticking points on the recalled teachers rahm emanuel and the school district want to be able to put in a teacher that's the best teacher to are that situation in the school if there's an opening. they don't want there to be a list of the unions of these are the teachers you can choose, right? >> absolutely. it's very much about who controls this process. and mayor emanuel made it a point yesterday of saying that the schools that are best performing in the city of chicago are the schools where the principal has been able to control that process. he wants that school district wide. >> that's a threat to unions who want to have more control over making sure teachers -- wow. that's a tough situation in chicago, especially for those parents and kids. casey, we'll talk to you again next hour. thanks casey. >> i'm curious if you can legalize strike over the teacher evaluation issue. that will become the next major fight. what is legal here?
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will this go to court? mayor eman says he wants to keep it out of the court he'd rather go to the bargaining table and figure it out. >> the teacher evaluation issue the president arne duncan and others who are democrats want to have more pay for performance for teachers. you have to have a way to pay for that. that's to evaluate the teachers. it's a change in reform that is being pressed from the union by democrats. >> if you go to the chicago teachers' union website, they are also pushing for reform. they have a clear plan of how they see reform happening as well. i think they're probably united on that front. the question is how do you get there. >> exactly. >> 35 minutes past the hour. exactly 11 years have passed since the terror attacks that changed america forever. at ground zero this morning, family members of 9/11 victims will participate in the traditional reading of the names. this is a live picture that we have for you from th national september 11th memorial in manhattan.
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the ceremony begins at 8:39 earn 50 time. and at the white house the president and first lady will observe a moment of silence before arriving at the pentagon at 9:20 eastern for a wreath laying ceremony. vice president biden will speak at a ceremony at the flight 93 memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania. that is at 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> quite a bit planned across the country here. 50 forms of cancer are being added to the list of world trade center related diseases covered by the 9/11 zadroga act. that's welcome news for hundreds of sick first responders. but with so many more victims expected to seek compensation from the government's $2.8 billion fund individual payouts are expected to continue to shrink. >> police in oak creek, wisconsin have released dramatic dashcam video as officers responded to the deadly shootings at that sikh temple last month. lieutenant brian murphy can be seen rolling for cover as the
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gunman runs out of the temple and into view. moments later, officer sam lenda who fired the shot that hit page arrives. he can be heard screaming. >> i have a man with a gun in the parking lot. in the parking lot. [ gunshots ] >> after being hit by officer lenda's bullet, page who killed six people took his own life. a hacker from the group anonymous is taking responsibility for crashing website of the massive web hosting company godaddy. millions of websites also appears to have crashed. service was restored to most of its clients within a few hours yesterday. a small florida-based application development company may be the source of a security
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breach that released the personal data of an estimated 12 million apple ipad and iphone users earl earlier this year. hackers originally claimed this information came from fbi computers. now officials say their system was hit by a cyberattack and the data came from them. listen to this. tattooing is a form of free speech folks. that is according to a unanimous ruling by arizona supreme court saying it has full protection under the u.s. and state constitutions. it's a first time a state high court has ruled body art is protected speech. but the decision stopped short of saying that the city of mesa went too far when it rejected plans for a tattoo parlor back in 2009. week one of the 2012 nfl football season officially in had the books after a double helping of monday night football. in baltimore, quarterback joe flacco -- is that how you say his name -- i don't follow that team. the ravens using a new no-huddle offense to battle the cincinnati
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bengals. in oakland philip rivers threw a touchdown pass and nate kaeding booted five field goals. we still have to have our tailgate. >> that would be great. >> we promised a tailgate. >> which team? >> we'll have to pick one. >> chicago bears. frightening moments for a south carolina congressman who found himself staring down the barrel of a gun. that story coming up. [ female announcer ] what's a powerful way to cut through everyday greasy messes? [ male announcer ] sponges
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on the heels of the democratic convention. he leads mitt romney by six upons. the same poll had the two tied at 48%. cnn political editor paul steinhauser live in our washington, d.c. bureau. that's a convention bump they talk about. not what it used to shall right? >> not at all what it used to be. back in the old days the 1990s and earlier you used to see bigger bounces. there was nearly any bounce four years aek. take a look at this, favorable ratings. look at the president's favorable rating now after the democratic convention as compared to before. look at that 57% now. it was 51% a week ago. mitt romney's rating seems to have gone the other way, from 53% a week ago to 48% now. how about strong and decisive leader? here's another one where they crscross and went the other way. the president now, 50% saying he's a strong and decisive leader.
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44% for romney. that's different than a week ago. to show you how we got to the overall horse race number, this is having a clear plan to solve the country's problems, same thing. before the democrat inge convention you saw romney had the advantage advantage. now the president has the advantage according to the poll. the numbers basically swapped. >> those are interesting numbers. i know you have another poll for us. you love polls. it's a "washington post" poll. i'm a registered voter who is likely to vote. >> registered voter is the wider pool of voters. here's the likely voter number in their poll it's basically dead even there in their poll. the likely voter model is a tighter model which means a person amore likely to vote, cast the ballot on election day or vote earlier. that's why people think the likely voter model is a better representation of what will happen on election day.
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zoraida? >> i know there's a moratorium on ads on both sides. bill clinton will be campaigning starting tonight. >> yes, he's doing a two-day swing. he'll be in the miami and orlando area. the obama campaign is so happy to see bill clinton on the campaign trail. >> man hug moment. >> there you go. there it is. there it is. they would like to see bill clinton on the campaign trail almost every day between now and november 6th. we'll see what happens. >> i bet they would. paul steinhauser, live in washington. thank you very much. a south carolina woman is being held without bond after alleged ly allegedly pointing a gun at trey gowdy. he told police he has never seen suspect before. a gay couple in massachusetts is suing the catholic diocese of worcester.
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they claim the district is refusing to sell them a mansion because they're gay and it's afraid they'll stage same-sex weddings there. they want to purchase the million dollar oakhurst mansion and turn it into a banquet hall. the attorney for the diocese says finance concerns and not discrimination ended the deal. 46 minutes past the hour. police on the wrong side of the law. coming up the staggering number of officers arrested on just one city police force. if you are leaving house right now, watch us anytime on your desktop your mobile phone. just go to cnn.com/tv.
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negotiations with public school officials now into day two. mayor rahm emanuel saying teachers are making the wrong choice to strike with 350,000 students paying the price. emanuel says there are two unresolved issues teacher evaluations is one of them. the food and drug administration is being sued for failing to meet seven deadlines to implement a new food safety law. the suit was filed at a federal court in san francisco by two advocacy groups, the center for food safety and the center for environmental health. they say the fda has been dragging its feet on the food safety and modernization act which president obama signed on january of 2011. more than 09 d.c. police officers, including captains detectives and rank and file cops 90 of them have been arrested in the last 3 1/2 years. 19 arrested so far this year.
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they found arrests stretching from d.c. to florida. charges rain from child porn to murder. most of the arrests are for suspected dui and domestic violence cases. let's get to rob marciano. morning. >> good morning, guys. we are watching leslie which is almost at hurricane strength, about 1 pau -- 150 miles or so from the cape. the wind impacting the maritimes of canada. strong winds especially on the eastern side of this system. next stop will be iceland and maybe getting over towards sweden and finland. properly, taking the heat from the tropics and moving it northward. that's what these system do. got another one in the middle of the atlantic, very far from land at this point. we might not have to worry about that one. showers down across parts of florida. gorgeous day across the
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northeast, eerily similar to the weather we had 11 years ago on 9/11. cobalt blue skies. rainfall across parts of southern california and breezy conditions across parts of the northern tier. temperatures above normal across parts of the central u.s., 90 in kansas city, 89 in denver 79 in new york city. guys, back up to you. >> thank you, rob. it is 52 minutes past the hour. coming up at the top of the hour on "early start," 11 years ago today, the attacks that changed america forever. now a breakthrough for wild trade center first responders who are still suffering from different types of cancers. in the next hour here on "early start" we'll speak live to the head of the world trade center health program dr. benjamin luft. we talk live to new york city police commissioner ray kelly about the 9/11 memorial controversy. he'll be live in front of the memorial in our next hour. life or death drama on live television. a wrestling announcer colpses while calling the match. we have the latest on his condition.
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internet users. >> sweet emma? >> the software security firm has named watson this year's most dangerous celebrity to search for online because many sites use her name to trick people into downloading malware or steal personal information. when searching the actress's name, there's a one in eight chance of finding a malicious site. watson replaces heidi klum. the only guy to crack mackcafee top 20 is jimmy kimmel. >> their mistake was making a spoof of the crossover summer song gang mam style. they're using the public pool facility at the el monte aquatic center. their version was posted on youtube. th13 lifeguards and a pool manager were then fired. the city says it was a clear
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unauthorized use of resources and property. it was still funny the lifeguards say they'll petition for their jobs back at the next el monte city council meeting. >> maybe they'll just get in trouble? >> see t whole video and make that decision. politics with a side of laughter. that's how the late night crowd keeps tabs on the presidential race. >> new poll shows that president obama has expanded his lead over mitt romney since the democratic national convention. of course it didn't help obama as much as that other event, the republican national convention. that was really good for him. >> yesterday in florida, president obama visited a pizzeria. did you see this footage? the owner gave the president a bear hug and lifted him off his feet. everybody shared a good laugh and the secret service shot the man in the face. >> since lindsay lohan was in the news this weekend she tweeted president obama on the topic of tax cuts.
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the president tweeted i've cut taxes for people who need it. middle class families, small business owners and so lindsay tweeted back we also need to cut them for those that are lists on "forbes" millionaires. if they are not -- she would have tweeted more but she hit the car in front of her. somebody is finally standing up for someone falsely being accused of being a millionaire. lindsay lohan should be focusing on what the president plans to do about cutting car insurance deductibles. "early start" continues right now. >> that's a live picture, america remembers 9/11 this morning. a look right now at the world trade center site, 11 years later, a victory for some of the heros who are still suffering to this day. standoff in chicago.
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striking teachers face off against mayor rahm emanuel for a second day, leaving 350,000 kids sitting at home again again instead of going to school. 76 years in the making andy murray finally takes a grand slam victory, after a nearly five-hour match. good morning. welcome to "early start" this morning i'm christine romans. i'm sitting in for john berman. he's an storing "starting point" for soledad. >> you come back from the conventions, i was over there. it's a revolving door here. i'm zoraida sambolin. no deal this morning for 30000 chicago teachers that are on strike. >> we are the union. >> they are fighting for what they consider to be a fair contract. negotiations with public school officials now entering a second day. 350,000 students have an unscheduled day off leaving parents scrambling for a backup plan. casey wian is in chicago. casey, what's the latest?
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>> well the latest is that both sides are still talking as they have been for some ten months now. those negotiations intensified over the weekend. despite the fact that they were not able to reach an agreement, they called a strike those negotiations have continued and i suppose that is the good news that the two sides are still talking. two main issues, though, remain on the table. first of those is this new plan on how to evaluate teachers. and the teachers union says that they do not want teachers to be evaluated largely based on standardized test scores. they say that's unfair to teachers in poorer areas where test scores are lower. also, they are very concerned about mayor rahm emanuel's plan to -- to allow principals to -- to allow principals, excuse me
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to control which teachers are hired after teachers are laid off. that is something that the teachers union says is unfair and they want to keep control of that process. parents, though, are very concerned about what is happening to their children while this strike is ongoing. let's hear what a couple have to say. >> i'm concerned about because number one we have kids. kids are more than just textbooks. i want her to get an education, but it will never happen from the looks of it as you can see it will never happen if they don't get the raise. they got kids, high school kids they're going to be on the streets during school hours. that's going to start conflict with the other kids. that's just going to start more violence. >> now i'm outside a school, as one of the sites where the city has set up, there's 147 of them throughout the city, where parents can bring their children if they don't have child care arrangements, they can bring
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them for four hours, at least some sort of a temporary child care arrangement. for a lot of parents, though, it's not enough. some parents saying that they can't work. we talked to one mother yesterday who had a job interview. she had to bring her daughter to one of these schools didn't want to do it because had to cross teacher picket line to do that. back to new the studio. >> that's a really tough situation for the children in particular. are they back at the bargaining table today? >> they're scheduledo be at 9:30 local time. both sides saying that a deal is within reach. the problem seems to be is that each side wants the other side to do the negotiating. >> mayor emanuel calls it a strike of choice. he's standing firm there. casey wian live in chicago for us. this morning america remembers the nearly 3,000 lives lost on september 11th, 2001. at ground zero family members of the victims will participate in the traditional reading of the names. the ceremony begins at 8:39 and will be marked by six moments of
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silence. two at the exact times the planes struck the twin towers. two at the times each tower fell. and two to mark the exact moment that the attack on flight 93 and the pentagon. the president and first lady will observe a moment of silence at the white house arriving at the pentagon at 9:20 eastern. there will be a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the 184 lives lost there. and vice president biden will speak at a ceremony at the flight 93 memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania, at 10:00 a.m. eastern. yesterday, defense secretary leon panetta toured the site where those heroic passengers and crew members took their plane down. >> they successfully prevented an attack on the united states capitol. i am particularly thankful to them because on that faful day i was at the u.s. capitol. their example continues to
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inspire and to strengthen our nation. >> and a dispute that has stalled construction of the 9/11 museum at ground zero appears to be over. last night a deal was struck between new york governor andrew cuomo, new york city mayor michael bloomberg and new jersey's governor chris christie. construction of the $700 million museum, which was supposed to open in 2009 that construction is expected to resume soon. no date has been set yet for the opening. president barack obama is now in the lead over republican mitt romney in a brand-new cnn/orc poll. likely voters give the president a six-point lead over mitt romney. 52% to 46%. last week just before the democratic convention, they were deadlocked at 48%. wrestling commentator jerry "the king" waller is in the hospital after a scary moment during wwe's monday night raw. lawler collapsed during the broadcast. the co-host broke the news to fans with an empty chair next to
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him. >> i want to preface this by saying this is not part of tonight's entertainment this is a real-life situation. my broadcast colleague jerry "the king" lawler earlier on tonight collapsed midmatch while on commentary. he was -- fell out of his chair to the floor below. doctors were here immediately. emergency personnel stretchered him out of the area into the back where he received cpr. >> wow. a statement on the website says the legendary wrestler turned commentator suffer a heart attack. history at the u.s. open tennis tournament. andy murray becoming the first british player to win a grand slam men's title this is in 76 years. murray defeated the defending champ novak djokovic in a five-set thriller. it lasted nearly five hours. murray had lost his four previous grand slam finals, including this year's wimbledon to roger federer. the last brit to do it fred perry back in 1936. >> oh, yes i remember. >> it is six minutes past the
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hour. so they are the first responders who toiled in rubble at ground zero. then waited more than a decade for help as they battled the cancers caused by all the toxic fumes. finally a breakthrough on this 11th anniversary of the attacks. next we are talking to the director of a medical program that works with those who were exposed. ♪ ♪ why not get buried in something other than work? get two times the points on travel with chase sapphire preferred.
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related illnesses covered by the act. it sets aside nearly 2.8 billion in compensation for those exposed to toxins while working at ground zero and became sick. dr. benjamin luft is the director of the center in new york. welcome to the program. >> thank you. >> how important is this this classification that this 50-some cancers are included? how important is this for first responders? and how many people will it help? >> this is an historic decision. the numbers, we don't really know. people continue to develop cancers and we don't really know what the ultimate outcome will be of the toxic exposure. but what this really establishes, that the environment wasn't safe. >> right. >> at ground zero. and that there was a very significant toxic exposure through a variety of carcinogens. >> let's talk about those. down there on that day and the day after, for 12 or 13 days, it
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was -- it wasn't dust or -- it was a soup in the air that everyone was breathing. i mean you can see it there. that's on the very first day or the second day. that's september 11th right there. and i remember a firefighter telling me christine, i didn't find a phone or a desk or a chair. there's nothing that was in these buildings these buildings were pulverized. were people breathing all that? >> yes. just think about when you want to dispose a computer you have to go to the landfill and be very careful of how you dispose of it. all of that was disintegrated. was pulverized. was burnt by these high flames. and as a result of that there was a tremendous number of organic toxins that were in the air and in the environment. >> ironically at that moment in those moments, the goal was search and rescue, and just getting a fire out and the job done. no one was thinking about the longer-term, the longer-term impact. and i think that most of the people, if not all of them down
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there, would have done exactly what they did knowing that there was a risk to themselves. >> absolutely. when the responders went down there, we think of them as first responders. as firemen and policemen. but an equal number of people who went down there were just citizens. they were construction workers, laborers, undocumented workers. all of these people came together to respond. and they did so without any thought as to what the long-term consequences were. it was a real example of a very person sense of altruism. >> tell me a little bit about, we talked a bit about the physical outcome for some people, which is cancer asthma, all kinds of respiratory illnesses, but there's also the scar of the lungs scar of the heart, too and the psyche. there are people obviously you guys are seeing and treating for just the fallout 11 years later of what they saw and endured that day. >> well i think it's so important to understand that 11 years later, so many people as many as 20% of responders,
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continue to suffer from various psychiatric issues psychological issues, post-traumatic stress. when you start to think about what they experienced, there were 2,700 people that died on 9/11. but they didn't die where you could see their bodies. these people were dismembered. they were falling out of windows. this is a tremendous insult to someone's psyche. and this is what they continually recollect so many years later. >> tell me a little about the money. i think there's $4 billion, a little over the program. are any of the concerns as you are adding more people to the class, people who may develop cancers later is this money going to last? >> we hope that there will be additional funding. this program is only funded for about three more years. and it requires congress to set aside more funds for it to be able to go on. just think if you were to be diagnosed with cancer today and began to get therapy you're going to probably live for a
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number of years later more than three years very likely. where's that money going to come from? so i think it's something that we really need to pay attention to. >> we'll continue to check in with you on that angle of the story, dr. benjamin luft world trade center health program. >> thank you. >> in about 45 minutes we're talking to new york city police commissioner ray kelly. on this day 11 years after 9/11. zoraida? >> it is 15 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date. 30,000 chicago teachers are still on strike this morning. negotiations with public school officials now entering a second day. mayor rahm emael says there are two unresolved issues, teacher evaluations and a policy that would put laid-off teachers in line for new jobs. north korea has agreed to accept relief aid from south korea. the north koreans are still reeling from a tropical cyclone that hit last month killing dozens and leaving 21,000 people homeless. that storm followed devastating
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floods in july that killed at least 169 people. the u.n. called for emergency help for north korea and the south korean offer was accepted, even though the two countries are legally at war. the god particle discovery takes a big step toward becoming official science. findings have been published in a peer reviewed journal. 5,000 researchers around the world have said to contributed to this research in which a particle was discovered that was consistent with the higs boson. a burglar couldn't break into a restaurant in north carolina. surveillance video shows him trying for a half an hour, using a shovel and a butcher knife. finally the suspect gave up and fell asleep. >> no way. >> three hours later he woke up and walked away. police are now looking for him. all right coming up the candidates and your money. a closer look at what the obama and romney tax plans would do to your bottom line.
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welcome back. 20 minutes past the hour. issues 2012 now cnn going in-depth this week into the economic issues that are facing this country. today, what would happen to your money under mitt romney and president obama's taxes and investment plans? christine's been digging in-depth into both of their platforms and you're going to
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break it down. >> you know how much i love taxes. in short, president obama, he wants to tax the rich more. romney wants to cut income taxes for everyone, but hasn't revealed almost any details about how he plans to pay for those cuts. >> i'm not proposing anything radical here. i just believe that anybody making over $250,000 a year should go back to the income tax rates we were paying under bill clinton. >> i will not raise taxes on the american people. i will not raise taxes on middle-income americans. we're going to make sure that americans have the money to pay their bills. >> all right. so here's what we do know. what happens to income taxes. mitt romney wants to cut income taxes by 20% for every income level. you see that 12% and 20% in the middle of your screen. those are people making $72,000 to about $146,000 a year. so of the tax bill on paper would go down for the very middle. obama wants to split up the higher tax bracket and tax the rich more. the big question is what would
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happen to some big deductions? carried interest, the child tax credits, the mortgage interest deduction. we just don't know what romney has planned for those. they're really important to middle class. they're really important to your overall tax bill. when i comes to investments, the differences in the plan come, again, with taxes on the rich. high income earners making $200,000 a year or mo, their capital gains and their dividends are currently taxed at 15%. romney wants to keep it that way but president obama wants to raise taxes on capital gains to 20%, and raise taxes on dividends as high as 39.6%. now, we don't know how this will be paid for. romney's running mate paul ryan addressed that over the weekend. >> now the question is not necessarily what loopholes go, but who gets them? high-income earners use most of the loopholes. that means they can shelter their income from taxation. but if you take those loopholes those tax shelters away from high income earners, more of
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their income is subject to taxation, and that allows us to lower tax rates on everybody. small businesses families, economic growth. >> all right. so again no details on which loopholes would be closed and when. we wanted to do a comparison of what would happen to the median income family making, say $50,000 a year. but given the information available for romney's plan for taxes, we can't really do that. we asked the romney campaign if they had done an analysis of what exactly would happen to the average family, looking at all of the loopholes and deductions looking at the income tax being lowered like he wants to. they say they have not done that. the official we spoke to who is involved in setting economic policy but didn't want to be named said anyone who says romney wants to get rid of the child tax credit, though, is incorrect. this official would not explain what romney would do with that or any other credits, for that matter. so we're thinking we'll hear a lot more about this and any specific plans during the debates. >> in the debates there's no question someone's going to say what are you going to do with the mortgage interest deduction? i mean middle class and upper
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middle class people get thousands of dollars back every year from the mortgage interest deduction. that's the biggest middle-class -- >> what's going to happen? >> i don't know. now let me tell you the one thing you need to know about your money today, turn it into a real positive note. the one thing you need to know about your money the new iphone is coming out. and guess what? it might help the economy. an economist at jpmorgan says the iphone 5 could boost economic growth by quarter to half a percent in the last three months of the year. there you go. >> i read that yesterday and i thought, wow amazing. >> technology and innovation. >> all right. now to this morning's road warriors, most seasoned travelers know the drill during takeoff and landing, seat belts fastened, tray table up portable electronic devices turned off. but christine, you might be able to keep your ipod or smartphone? >> the laptop or the blackberry before takeoff and landing, especially when you're right in the middle of the something. the faa is forming a group this fall to study whether electronic gadgets can be used safely
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during flights. right now passengers can't use portable devices like ipads below 10,000 feet. that's because the faa is concerned that these personal electronics would interfere with airline instruments. there's one thing the new faa group won't consider, making phone calls while in the air. thank god. cell phone calls are banned by another government agency, that's the fcc because of wireless networks on the ground might be affected. i think it's going to be six months we're told before we know the results of this study. but the faa also wants to include your input actually. so you can weigh in on the issue online at regulations.gov. just imagine how more productive you would be on a flight. i still buy a book on a plane. nobody can tell me to turn my book off. i can just read my book. >> on charter flights you can keep the cell devices on. so i'm really looking forward to see if there's really an impact. because i've always wondered. really? why do charter flights allow it? 25 minutes past the hour. a couple suing a catholic diocese after the church refuses
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it is day two of the chicago teachers strike. still no deal and another day off for 350,000 children. a dramatic new look at the sikh temple shootings. a police dash board cam captures the chaotic moments of the scene. hackers hit godaddy.com, crashing millions of websites
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that depend on the hosting giants servers. welcome back to "early start." we are very happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin >> i'm christine romans in for john berman. he's anchoring "starting point" today. signs of progress but no deal yet for 30,000 chicago teachers still on strike. they want what they consider to be a fair contract. negotiations and public school officials now entering a second day. and 350,000 students have an unscheduled day off. casey wian is at manuel perez jr. elementary school. and casey, there's been some progress but they're not really talking about the two core issues right, which are evaluations and re-calling laid-off teachers. who has control over that process? >> that's exactly right, christine. they're still talking. they're scheduled to talk later today. but as of last night they weren't discussing those two core issues.
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and what's interesting is that there's still even with that progress, quite a bit of bad blood between these two sides. for a couple of days now, the union has said that they're basically close on the school board salary proposal. but as late as yesterday the teacher's union was talking about being disrespected by mayor rahm emanuel. clearly they're very upset at his efforts to reform chicago schools. here's what union had to say about the mayor yesterday. >> and he came in and disrespected the teachers in this city. he had a contract from the previous mayor which he basically said you're not going to get the raise that we were actually contractually given and he turned around and said, however, we don't have the money for that but we do have 2% if you work longer. well, you can't really have it both ways. you either don't have the money or you do. >> now the mayor says this should not be about him. it should be about the chicago schools.
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and the families that are being displaced by this strike. now just to be clear that financial offer to the teachers union is a 4% -- excuse me, 3% raise in the first year, 2% for the next three years. it would average out to about a 16% raise for the average chicago schoolteacher. that average salary right now $75,000 a year. and what we're hearing from some folks is that's a pretty good deal considering the economy we're in right now. >> is it a $75,000 a year salary for a nine-month school year or is that for a 12-month year? >> you know, i'm not sure about that. i believe it's for a year-round. >> check on that. >> i'm not exactly sure. but absolutely, we should check on that. but folks are still saying, you know, in the economy that we're in the fact that they're getting a raise of 16% over four years is viewed as a good deal. the union clearly though, sayi that this is about
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respect. this is about the conditions that they are operating under at these schools, which the union says are very underfunded. things like they're bringing up things like air conditioning, nonexistent in some of these schools. these are things that the mayor says they should not be striking over. but they are still being discussed. >> there's a lot of things asbestos lined bathrooms. they're concerned about a lot of those work conditions but the core of it they also don't want 25% of their evaluation to be tied to how the kids are doing. you know tying their performance to how the kids are doing is something that they're concerned about how they're going to come up with that. casey wian, thanks. >> they're facing a $3 billion deficit there in chicago public schools so you wonder where the money is going to come from. >> i know. >> to implement all of the changes. at the end of the day helping the children >> at the end of the day all these people with their fancy educations can't figure something out for the kids who are trying to get an education are in school. at the end of the day all those smart people, the kids are at home. >> i'm hopeful they're going to figure it out. they got the longer school day
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implemented. now i'm hoping at the end of the day this is better for the children as well. it's been exactly 11 years since the terror attacks that changed our lives forover. at ground zero this morning family members of 9/11 victims will participate in the traditional reading of the names. this is a live picture for you of what ground zero looks like today. the ceremony begins at 8:39 eastern. on the south lawn the president and first lady will observe a moment of silence before arriving at the pentagon. at 9:20 eastern for a wreath-laying ceremony. vice president joe biden will speak at a ceremony at the flight 93 memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania. that is at 10:00 a.m. eastern. and just in time for 9/11, 50 forms of cancer are being added to the list of world trade center related diseases covered by the zadroga act. that is welcome news for hundreds of sick first responders. but with so many more victims expected to seek compensation from the government's $2.8 billion fund individual payouts
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are expected to shrink. police in oak creek wisconsin, released dramatic dash cam video taken as officers responded to the deadly shootings at a sikh temple last month. lieutenant brian murphy can be seen rolling for cover as gunman in the middle right of your screen runs out of the temple and into view. murphy was shot multiple times but he survived the attack. moments later officer sam lenda who offered a shot that hit page, he arrived and can be heard screaming. >> i've got a man with a gun in the parking lot. get down! >> after being hit by the bullet page, who killed six people in that temple attack, he took his own life. a gay couple in massachusetts is suing the
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catholic diocese of worcester. they claim the district is refusing to sell them a mansion because they're gay. and it's afraid they will stage same sex weddings there. the two men who are married want to purchase the mansion and turn it into a banquet hall. they say they were mistakenly sent a copy of an e-mail in with the monsignor told the broker after checking with the bishop the deal was off. an attorney for the diocese says finance concerns and not discrimination ended that deal. a hacker from the group anonymous has taken responsibility for crashing the website, the massive web hosting company godaddy. millions of websites use godaddy servers also appear to crash. company says service was restored to most of the clients within a few hours yesterday. candidates count on that post-convention bump. today we know which one got the most momentum. new cnn poll numbers headed your way next. you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list at's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways.
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welcome back to "early start." president obama and mitt romney will take a break from their verbal sparring to mark the 9/11 anniversary today. meantime a new cnn/orc poll shows president obama with some post-convention momentum. he now leads mitt romney by six points. 52% to 46%. the same poll last week before the democratic convention, had the two tied at 48%.
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cnn political editor paul steinhauser live in our washington bureau. so is this the widest we've seen the gap? >> it appears to be the widest in quite some time in our polling and in other polling. christine, how did we get there? how did we get from dead even a week ago to the 52-46 now? let's look behind the numbers. favorable ratings. this is interesting. look at the president's favorable rating today as opposed to one week ago. a six-point jump for the president. you can see mitt romney's numbers going down from 53% to 48%, you know favorable rating. also strong and decisive leader. take a look at these numbers. another change, too. the president now at 50%. romney at 44%. very different story a week ago. and one other number that kind of explains how we got from there to here. that is which candidate has a clear plan for solving the country's problems? it was 45-39. romney a week ago. now it's 45-39 president obama. i think you put all three of those together and that's where you get the horse race.
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>> the polls now between now and the election we'll be looking at new polls every minute. >> we sure will. there's a brand-new one out from abc/"washington post," conducted after the democratic convention and thirz on likely voters is basically dead even with the president a one-point margin. very, very tight christine. >> and paul president obama campaigns today in florida. he's going to be taking a big supporter i'm told with him. >> he sure is. the president won't be there but bill clinton will be there. remember it was a week ago that we saw bill clinton on the stage in charlotte, with what democrats were saying was quite an impressive speech. little man hug after the former president gave his speech. today and tomorrow bill clinton will be campaigning for barack obama in the battleground state of florida. >> looks like they've been best friends for years. i love how you know campaigns morph and change. paul steinhauser, thanks. >> it is 42 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date on your
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top stories. 30,000 chicago teachers still on strike this morning with no deal reached yet. teachers picketing their negotiations with public school officials now entering a second day. mayor rahm emanuel says there are two sticking points. teacher evaluations and a policy that would put laid off teachers in line for new jobs. today we honor the memory of the 2,977 people who lost their lives on september 11th. this is a live picture of the freedom tower under construction right now in new york. family members of the victims will participate in the traditional reading of the names at ground zero. the white house, the president and first lady will observe a moment of silence before arriving at the pentagon at 9:20 eastern for a wreath laying ceremony. and vice president biden will speak at the flight 93 memorial wall in shanksville, pennsylvania. mandatory evacuations are being ordered in wyoming as a wildfire continues to burn on casper mountain. the sheep herder fire has burned
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through at least 10,000 acres. destroyed at least six structures. so far no word yet on the cause of that fire. and authorities say another fire broke out last night in the area of elk horn canyon. they believe the new blaze was caused by a lightning strike. actress angelina jolie on a mission in the middle east in her hole as a united nations special envoy. she met with syrian refugees at a tent city in jordan today. she thanked jordan and other neighboring countries for their effort to welcome these refugees. u.n. officials say that the refugee camp where she visited is home to some 27,000 people who've been displaced by this 18-month syrian conflict. and the opening week of the 2012 nfl season is officially in the books after a double helping of mn day night football. last night in baltimore quarterback joe flacco threw 299 yards and two touchdowns. the ravens using their new no-huddle offense to hammer the cincinnati bengals 44-13.
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and in oakland quarterback philip rivers threw a touchdown pass, and they booted five field goals to lift the chargers to a 22-14 victory over the raiders. >> are you readdy for some "starting point." soledad o'brien is off this week. brooke is with us. >> good morning, ladies. >> good morning. >> good morning to all of you. here's what we have coming up of course it is the anniversary of 9/11. we're talking security specifically. and the possibility, as always, of these terrorist threats on any anniversary we're going to talk about stepping up intelligence operations today. joining us live this morning you have former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. also current mayor michael bloomberg. homeland security chairman congressman peter king. and homeland security adviser to president bush, fran townsend. also something i know you two have been talking about, the strike as it continues day two here between the teachers and
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the school there in chicago. what is the holdup, and when can these students expect to be back into the classroom? the president of one of the nation's largest teachers unions randi weingarten is going to check in with us live in the studio in new york before she heads off to chicago. and, you know him as the actor tony danza. guess what? he would like to apologize to every teacher he has ever had. we just read his book, this is part of the title of his book, so he's coming on this morning. actually took a year off to teach fifth graders in a philadelphia classroom for an entire year teaching english. so we'll talk to him about the book and we'll talk to him about the chicago strike and get his take on these teachers in chicago all ahead this morning. >> he wants to apologize because he spent some time there and he knows the struggles. >> it's a calling he says it's not a job it's a calling. >> thank you, brooke. appreciate it. nice to see you. >> it is 46 minutes past the hour. coming up on "early start" on this 11th anniversary of the
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commissioner kelly thank you so much for being with us this morning. we really appreciate it. as you're standing there share with us your thoughts on this anniversary. >> well as you said there were no credible threats today much different than it was last year. the president was here, and we clearly had heightened concern. not that we don't today. but we have, as i say, no specific information. we have done an awful lot in the city to protect ourselves from another terrorist attack. we've invested a lot of effort a lot of time, but there are no guarantees. we have a separate command over 200 police officers assigned specifically to the memorial and the surrounding area. they're specially trained. and i think we are safer now certainly, than we have ever been. but as i said we're certainly
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not taking anything for granted. >> commissioner, let's talk a little bit about the special tribute that is happening this year. using social media to remember the 23 members of the nypd lost on 9/11. can you tell us about that? >> yes. we have both on our facebook page and on our twitter site a memorial to our fallen officers. we lost 23 police officers that day, but we lost an additional 52 officers who have succumbed to illnesses that they contracted in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. either working at ground zero, or at the landfill in staten island. so all tolled we have 75 members that we lost. unfortunately, that count will most likely continue to go up as these illnesses take hold and we are paying, as you say, a special tribute to them.
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we are tweeting each name, and a short statement about each officer, and you can see the entire package on our facebook page. that's the world in which we live in. we thought it was another way to make certain that we never forget their sacrifice. >> we thought it was a very special tribute, indeed. you mentioned increased security. and although there are no specific threats you're always concerned about lone wolf attacks, which are incredibly difficult to predict. how do you feel about that? >> no question about it, it has to be on our radar screen. but it is very very difficult to identify these people. we work closely with our federal partners, we're gathering information, gathering intelligence, all the time. but it is probably the most difficult threat to identify an individual arrested here a little over a year ago building
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bombs, just a couple hours away from detonating those bombs. he radicalized himself. and had very, very little contact with other people. so, it is definitely a challenge, but it's something that we devote resources to trying to identify. >> i want to go back to the victims here. because late last night federal health authorities added 58 types of cancer to the list of covered illnesses for people who were exposed to toxins at ground zero. and i know that you have called for expanding that list. do you think that what they're doing is enough? >> well it certainly is a major move in the right direction. we very much appreciate that, and of course, more research has to be done. i think several of the hospitals, mount sinai, started doing a lot of work to determine causes, to determine the
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diseases that people contracted at ground zero. so the fact that these additional cancers or cancers have been added is very, very significant. whether or not it's enough, i think remains to be seen. >> all right. ray kelly, new york city police commissioner. good luck to you today and thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> it's been 11 years. >> on this september 11th, today's best advice is on focusing what matters. 7am_mm o ortunity in today's cha llenging enronment. unless yave the right perspective. bny mellon wealth management has the vision and experience to look beyond thobvious. we'll uncover opportunities, find hidden risk, and make success a reality. bny mellon wealth management
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double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? it is 58 minutes past the hour. we wrap it up as always with best advice. >> today's best advice comes from north carolina governor purdue. we asked the governor about the best advice she's ever received. >> advice probably learned over a lifetime is that every day counts. this is not a dress rehearsal. you don't get a second time. family and friends, and then your job. although i work really hard. i play hard and i enjoy people, too. again, that's what life is all about. >> no kidding. >> not a dress rehearsal. >> that's for sure. on the anniversary of september 11th very appropriate. you walk out the door, you never know if you're coming back. 59 minutes past the hour. that's it for us on "early
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start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine berman. "starting point" starting right now.
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